Staff at the St Lucy District Hospital are now better equipped to cater to the needs of the 54 patients resident at that rural institution.
This has been made possible by the community spiritedness of the Association Aid For the Physically Challenged Children of Barbados New York Inc., a New York based Barbadian non-governmental organization.
In presenting the supplies former president of the association, Euston Stuart, expressed concern at the inordinate length of time spent in having the goods cleared from the Bridgetown Port.
Stuart complained that even though the supplies were in the port from November last year, they were only released recently.
The supplies included wheelchairs, walkers, a sit down scale, a hospital bed portable medicine trolly, bath chairs for the elderly, 24 boxes of pampers and combs and brushes for children.
In accepting the supplies acting principal nursing officer at the hospital, Marcia Hoyte, told the gathering that the walkers would be used by patients who were born with defects and those who developed challenges in later life.
Meanwhile, parliamentary representative for St Lucy Denis Kellman welcomed the community spiritedness of the association pointing out that with an aging population the presentation was timely.
Kellman called on other individuals in the community to come forward and assist their less fortunate brothers and sisters at this time of economic turbulence.
Also attending this morning’s handing over ceremony was registered nurse at the hospital, Veronica Thomas.